Laura (Dolls in Devon) came to stay with us the night before, then on the day I helped with transport from the station to the hall first collecting a famous Sasha doll shoe maker and her sister then later bringing my daughter, Laura and picking up two more Sasha collectors from the station on our way to the hall.
The theme for the day was a Valentine's party, and we were greeted with the amazing sight of a hot air balloon for Sasha (made by Theresa from a light shade and flowerpot covered with fabric, with a basket suspended below). It looks like cupid was hard at work showering the party goers with love from above.
|Cupid and the hot air balloon|
|Edmund being nice to his sister Louisa - he offered her a rose|
|Love hearts and letters in front of the kissing booth|
|All dressed for the party|
|Covered in kisses at the Kissing booth|
|Chocolate hearts and girls in their best party clothes|
|Feeling super cool with the ice creams|
|Bea the toddler|
|Laura's girl wearing the embroidered dress she finished sewing the previous evening and the babies (or Valentine bunny baby? and friend) having a picnic|
|Toddlers selling roses while the babies play|
|Lots more party guests|
|The toddlers and their roses|
|Chatting before eating the party food|
|Miranda in her pink hearts cardigan admired the party food|
|Florence, Laura and Reuben hoping for a hot air balloon ride - you never know, you might get lucky ...|
|Party guests in from around the world|
|The newly completed Shweshwe dress for Theresa (red and green) which was promised in the Chat 'n Snap raffle (October 2018) and the turquoise version belonging to Laura|
|Lindiwe in her commissioned Shweshwe outfit meeting Melanie in her Shweshwe outfit|
|The four Shweshwe outfit colour combinations I've made so far|
|Baby Cupid radiating love with the Shweshwe girls|
There were 2 raffles, first the international raffle - which meant that people who couldn't attend could buy tickets in advance and be included in the draw as well as those in the room on the day (it was live streamed by Alan so the non-attendees could join in the excitement of the draw). The main prize was a Gotz Sasha doll with a superb selection of outfits by Petrana and it was won by an overseas person. There were a couple of other prizes for the international raffle, then the main raffle was held, which also had a doll (a Trendon with 2 different wigs) and some lovely Petrana outfits. We won some good prizes on the raffle.
|Raffle prizes including the soft green lacy cardigan I had made|
|Melanie, Henry and Lindiwe|
|Cupid and the other two Shweshwe girls|
|Lots of healthy options for lunch|
|Peggy Sue, Sindy and Jocelyn's doll|
The time went by so fast, before we knew it people were packing away sales tables and the display and saying their goodbyes. Theresa decided to give the hot air balloon to my daughter (without the dolls!), we chatted with Lorraine and Jocelyn about the inspiration it gave us for our annual Sasha summer gathering...
|Hot air balloon preparing to go to its next event|